Past Presenters


“Shall Bank Clerks Marry?”: Gender, Mobility, and White-Collar Work in the Gilded Age
Atiba Pertilla, German Historical Institute

How to Win Friends and Overthrow Capitalism: Left Coalition Building and the 1924 Election
Andreas Meyris, George Washington University

Redeem This Land: African-American Farmers, Economic Justice, and the Long Civil Rights Movement, 1965-2014
Monica Gisolfi, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Educating for Equality: Workers’ Education and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Victoria Wolcott, University of Buffalo

 “As In a Civics Text Come to Life”: The East Brooklyn Congregations’ Nehemiah Housing Plan and Economic Citizenship in Reagan’s America
Dennis Deslippe, Franklin and Marshall College


War, Sanitation and Surburbia
Jay Driskell, George Washington University

Well What the Hell is He Then? Race, Sexuality, and Class in the Piney Woods: The Brotherhood of Timber Workers, 1910-1916
Mac Marquis, College of William and Mary

CWA Organizing to Block the Low-Road Path in the Telecommunications Industry in the 1990s
Debbie Goldman, Communications Workers of America

You’ve Come a Long Way–Maybe: Pay Equity, Public Workers, and the Transformation of the American Labor Movement, 1964-1985
Joseph Hower, Southwestern University

Making Mining “Safe”: The Long History of the 1969 Coal Mine Health and Safety Act
Jon Free, Duke University (Ph.D. Candidate)

Refining the Desert: Building the West Texas Oil Infrastructure, 1920-1970
Sara Stanford-McIntyre, College of William and Mary (Ph.D. Candidate)

“Working Class” in U.S. Political Culture, 1932-1984
Robyn Muncy, University of Maryland

George Taylor, David Cole and the Rise of Public Employee Unions in the 1960s
Ron Schatz, Wesleyan University


European Architecture, American Builders: Negotiating a New Building Culture at the Virginia State Penitentiary, 1798-1804
Elizabeth Cook, College of William and Mary (Ph.D. Candidate)

Limits to Protest: Hosea Williams, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Struggle for Civil and Economic Rights in Atlanta, 1972-1973
Seth LaShier, George Washington University (Ph.D. Candidate)

Banning Reds: The Origins of Britain’s Secret Government Purge, 1927-1929
Jennifer Luff, Durham University

Undermined: Blacklegging Businessmen and the 1889 Strike
Dana Caldemeyer, University of Kentucky

“What do housewives do all day?”: The Suburbanization of Meat Boycotts and Supermarket Protests
Emily E.L.B. Twarog, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

The Ludlow Massacre Reconsidered
Anthony DeStefanis, Otterbein

Hawaiian Emancipation? Slavery, Free Labor, and Indentured Labor in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii
Mark Guerci, William and Mary (ABD)

Acadian Rebellion: The 1971 Fraser Paper Strike
Michael Hillard, University of Maine


White-Collar Workers and Anti-Smoking Politics after World War II
Gregory Wood, Frostburg State University
Published in Clearing the Air: The Rise and Fall of Smoking in the Workplace (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2016)

Rethinking Interracial Politics and the Long Civil Rights Movement: Black Jacksonville and the Knights of Labor, 1887-1892
Jay Driskell, Hood College

Newcomers in the Cradle of a Nation: Latino/a Immigration to Williamsburg, Virginia
Jennifer Bickham Mendez, William and Mary

“Hell, That’s Why We Hired Him! He Wins”: Julius Chambers, Public Employee Activism, and the Politics of Moderation in Civil Rights Era Charlotte
Julia Gunn, University of Virginia (ABD)

“An insurrection of all the people”: The Brotherhood of Timber Workers and the IWW in the Deep South
David (Mac) Marquis, Independent Scholar

Shipyard Blues: Lessons from the Fight to Save New Orleans’ Avondale Shipyard
Nick Unger, Avondale Save Our Shipyard Campaign

The Strange Career of Juan Crow: Latino/as, African Americans, and the Making of the U.S. South, 1940-2000
Ceclia Marquez, University of Virginia (ABD)

Everything was Roanoke Rapids: Sexuality, Rumor, and Women’s Activism in the 1973-1974 J.P. Stevens Organizing Drive
Joey Fink, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (ABD)


The Widening Gyre: Colonial Labor, Guestworkers, and the End of Empire
Cindy Hahamovitch, William and Mary
Published as “Slavery’s Stale Soil: Indentured Servants, Guestworkers, and the End of Empire,” in Jana Lipman and Daniel Bender, eds., Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism (New York University Press, 2015), 227-266.

International Socialism and the American Civil War: Democracy vs. Property in Baden and Missouri
Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University
Published as “From the Rhine to the Mississippi: Property, Democracy, and Socialism in the American Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era, 1 (2015): 3-37.

A. Philip Randolph and the World: The Politics of Black Anti-Colonialism, Antifascism, and Anticommunism
Eric Arnesen, George Washington University

Marred by Dissimulation: The AFL-CIO, the Women’s Committee, and Transnational Labor Relations
Yevette Richards, George Mason University
Published as “Marred by Dissimulation: The AFL-CIO, the Women’s Committee, and Transnational Labor Relations,” in G.V. Goethem Jr., et al., eds., American Labor’s Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

White-Collar Workers and Anti-Smoking Politics after World War II
Gregory Wood, Frostburg State University

Borderlands Labor, 1948-1955: The “Wetback Problem” and Transnational Labor Organizing
Andy Hazelton, Georgetown University (ABD)

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Flynn Fights Fascism
Lara Vapnek, St. John’s University
Published as “Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary” (Boulder, Co.: Westview Press, 2015)

“Brutes Rather than Human Beings”: Class, Culture, and Contested Control at the Pennsylvania Industrial Reformatory
Beth English, Princeton University

Wandering Jews: Peddlers, Immigrants, and the Discovery of “New Worlds
Hasia Diner, New York University
Published in Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way (Yale University Press, 2015) 

Accelerating the Pace of (Human) Capital Accumulation: Defense Worker Training in World War II
Bryant Etheridge, Harvard University (ABD)

Fishing and Protecting the Seas: The Atlantic Fisherman’s Union And Labor Environmentalism
Colin Davis, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The State in the Fields: Sharecropping, Power and Italians in the Post-Emancipation Delta
Lauren Braun, Raritan Valley Community College


The Persistence of Disorder in the Gilded Age: Coal’s Chaotic Journey from Mine to Railroad Furnace, 1870-1902
Andrew Arnold, Kutztown University
Published in Fueling the Gilded Age: Railroads, Miners, and Disorder in Pennsylvania Coal Country  (New York University Press, 2014).

Searching for “Lost Land”: Naked Squatters, Anxious Lumbermen, and the Rural Origins of Interracial Industrial Unionism in the Jim Crow South
Stephen Reich, James Madison University

“Punishment of Mere Political Advocacy”: The FBI, Teamsters Local 544, and the Origins of the 1941 Smith Act Case
Donna Haverty-Stacke, Hunter College, CUNY
Published as “‘Punishment of Mere Political Advocacy’: The FBI, Teamsters Local 544, and the Origins of the 1941 Smith Act Case,” Journal of American History, June 2013.

Consequences of Workplace Equality: Clerical Women, Professional Opportunities, and Upward Mobility
Alison Elias, University of Virginia (ABD)

New Men of Power: Jack Tenney, Ronald Reagan, and Labor Anticommunism
Jennifer Luff, Georgetown University
Published as “New Men of Power: Jack Tenney, Ronald Reagan, and Postwar Labor Anticommunism,” in Pieper Mooney, et al., eds., De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change, Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney and Fabio Lanza, eds. (Routledge, 2013), 99-122.

Centering the Left: The Popular Front and Civil Rights in the San Francisco Bay Area
Jess Rigelhaupt, University of Mary Washington


Labor’s Gendered Misstep: The Women’s Committee and African Women Workers, 1957-1968
Yevette Richards, George Washington University

Civil Rights and the War at Home: Post-War Activism, Anticommunism, and the Decline of the Left
Eric Arnesen, George Washington University

Homing Pigeons, Cheap Labor, and Frustrated Nativists: Immigration Reform and the Deportation of Mexicans from South Texas in the 1920s
John Weber, Old Dominion University
Published in Western Historical Quarterly, 44 (Summer 2013): 167-86, and in From South Texas to the Nation: The Exploitation of Mexican Labor in the Twentieth Century  (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Moving Beyond “Rags to Riches”: New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants and Their Surprising Savings Accounts
Tyler Anbinder, George Washington University
Published in The Journal of American History 99, 3 (2012): 741-770.

Milk, Money and Motherhood: Institutionalized Wet-Nursing in 19th-Century New York City
Lara Vapnek, St. John’s University

Goons, Ginks, and Company Finks
Steve Meyer, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (Emeritus)
Published in Manhood On the Line: Working-Class Masculinities in the American Heartland (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2016).

Respectable Militants: The Neighborhood Union and the Transformation of the Politics of Respectability, 1908-1913
Jay Driskell, Hood College
Published in Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics  (University of Virginia Press, 2014).

The Revolution of Little Cans: Carnal Memory and Canned Fruit in the American Civil War
Scott Nelson, William and Mary